To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit; as, to terminate a surface by a line.
- To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history” ( Gordon A. Craig).
- To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities.
- To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers.
- To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete.
- To have as an end or result: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth” ( Alexander Hamilton).